Love comforteth after the rain

“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping; When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” ~ Dr. Seuss


After a bone-dry February, the skies have opened up again and gifted California with a good long soak. Actually, a bit more like a deluge. But no one here is complaining.


Just as our rivers have swollen, the pond had overflown its banks converging with the flooded rice fields next door…


and the garden looks like a series of small islands in a large lake.


Thank goodness we raised the beds last fall!

While there are a few drought-tolerants that are unhappy about too much of a good thing, overall, the garden is drinking it in and exploding with joyous spring color.


“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” – William Shakespeare

Between breaks in the downpours – and even during them – love came forth in buckets of comfort this week. There were lots of “Going Homes” to celebrate, emptying the kennels about as fast as we filled them. But one on Saturday was a double delight.

Our adoption counselor brought Rudy out to the garden for his going home photo. The family was clearly in love.

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And then Rudy whispered something to his new mom: “Someone is missing.”

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Rudy and his sister, Daisy – both nine – were surrendered together in Southern California when their family could no longer keep them. Declaring them honorary Golden Retrievers, Homeward Bound agreed to take them. Concerned that we would not be able to place two older dogs together, we made the difficult decision that we would not require them to be placed together. However, when the family learned that Rudy had a sister, they asked to meet her.

These people of good and generous hearts took only a few minute to come to the decision that Rudy and his sister must be adopted together.


Which is how Rudy ended up with two Going Home photos – and Daisy, one. The best one.

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There was not a dry eye in the place…and we’re talking tears of joy…not rain drops!

Promises Kept


It wasn’t a lot … but it was something … and in our current state of drought, we are grateful for anything.


Just after all the dogs were walked,


dark skies turned to a quick downpour –


with the promise of more on Tuesday. Every drop and every cool day extends our hope for the garden (which looks lush and full in spring) to survive another California summer.


“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~ Thomas Fuller

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Sixty five roses fed on Saturday before the rain … perfect timing.


And, five of our longer-term residents found their way home this week, including two pairs that we promised to keep together: Lucky … who I wrote about in January

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Dexter and Pogo …

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And handsome Finnegan and Seamus.


Promise made. Promise kept.
“All that we behold is full of blessings.” ~ William Wordsworth

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Do you suppose Saint Francis can request water on behalf of the dogs’ well-being as well as the garden?